By Niamh Clune
Every second of the writing process. I am lost in it, consumed by it, but then have to crash through the gates of reality to publish. What I love is scattered to the winds.
Beautiful prose, that by its very nature uplifts and allows soul into life. A thing-in-itself, a work of art, a thing of beauty, It is simple, uncluttered by adverbs and adjectives. It is not over-lofty but deeply thoughtful.
Those writers who defiantly re-arrange words to paint pictures of light as well as dark and who are brave enough to shrink from neither.
Good grammar. In fact when it is that good, it subtly challenges the rules.
Prose that contains within itself consistency of metaphor and lends three-dimensional depth to character.
When a reader knows how characters think and feel and are able to identify with those intimacies, as though the writer were speaking from one heart directly to another.
Writing that is musical, has rhythm and timbre. Even if it describes Hell, it does so beautifully…
I love words.
I love writing them, speaking them, playing with them, teasing them into performance.
London and Galway,
Niamh is the author of the Skyla McFee series: Orange Petals in a Storm, and Exaltation of a Rose. Also author of The Coming of the Feminine Christ. Recently, Niamh produced an anthology of happy and sad stories from childhood: Every Child is Entitled to Innocence. The proceeds of this book go to Child Helpline International. Dr. Niamh Clune worked in Africa for Oxfam and UNICEF in her career as a psychotherapist. She is the founder of Plum Tree Books, an award-winning social entrepreneur, an environmental campaigner and a singer/songwriter.
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Orange Petal in a Storm
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Orange Petals in a Storm: A spiritual inspirational story to feed the soul. In Skyla’s world, we find shelter from every hazard and outlive the longest night.
A bedraggled and bruised eleven-year-old child races through the rain-drenched streets of East London as though the hounds of Hell were after her. She tries to reach the home of her childhood, a home that was hers until her mother’s recent death. What becomes of Skyla McFee once she arrives there? From who does she run?
This is a story about a wonderful child who endures great suffering at the hands of her stepfather. Though she lives in a harsh reality, she evolves spiritually despite, or perhaps because of the hurt she suffers. The magical way she transcends her unbearable life through her inner world transports us into the hauntingly beautiful world of the imagination. Telling you that Skyla triumphs over her situation is not a spoiler – because as you get to know her, you realise there is no other way. She must triumph because of who she is.
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Every Child is Entitled to Innocence: An Anthology of Happy and Sad Stories from Childhood. Proceeds to Child Helpline International.. This is the first publication of the newly-formed Plum Tree Books. Profits from the sales of this e-book will be donated to Child Helpline International.
The idea for this anthology was born of the fact that in the course of trying to promote my own book, I met other writers that had experienced difficult childhoods yet had overcome their brutal beginnings. I wanted to make the first Plum Tree publication a celebration of the creative imagination. This powerful friend of damaged children plays an essential role in an abused child’s recovery.
Gathering this series of stories was a joy. Plum Tree Books has developed special, vibrant relationships with contributors and has forged many lasting friendships.
We encouraged happy stories that reflected the innocence of childhood when infants feel wrapped in the warmth of loving arms. We wanted to contrast these with the sad ones, making them stand out in relief against a bright backdrop. We felt this comparison would demonstrate, without explanation, what happens when innocence is stolen.
In this book, readers will find many wonderful, heart-warming stories; whilst the sad ones demonstrate the magnificence of the human spirit as it triumphs against all the odds. Niamh Clune